Adult Events

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    Phone: 860-665-8700

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Just a Connecticut Gal – Katharine Hepburn Film Series 
Tuesdays in October at 6:30 p.m. 
Join CCSU professor and movie buff Gil Gigliotti as we explore 4 films starring Connecticut’s own Kate Hepburn. Refreshments provided.

On Golden Pond (1981) with Henry Fonda
Tuesday, October 23, 6:30 p.m.
Estranged from his daughter, Norman and his wife Ethel agree to care for Billy, the son of their daughter’s boyfriend, and an unexpected relationship blooms. Hepburn and Fonda won Oscars for their portrayals of the Thayers.

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Crafts and Conversation
Wednesday, October 24, 10:00 A.M. – Noon 

Bring your own craft and be part of the conversation! Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Excel 2013 Essentials
Thursday, October 25, 10:30 a.m.

Join us for an overview covering the basics plus some in-depth features to get you off to a great start with Excel!  In this hands-on class, we will perform calculations, make tables and graphs, and keep track of your finances!  Registration required.

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Tech 4 U
Thursday, October 25, 5:30 8:30 p.m. 

Do you need help downloading your e-book or using your new smartphone? Want to set up a Facebook or Twitter account? For help with your specific technology questions, make an appointment for a 45 minute session with a Librarian today!  Registration required.

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Friends’ Fall Book Sale – Held at the Senior & Disabled Center
Friday, October 26 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. - admission is $5.00
Saturday, October 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - free admission
Sunday, October 28 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. - Buy a Friends book sale GREEN bag for $7 and fill it with books for free on Sunday.  Refills are $6.  Stock up and save.

All types of books, including fiction and non-fiction, will be on sale as well as CDs, audiobooks, DVDs, videos, and specially priced items.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Brown Bag it With a Documentary: Inspiring People
RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsburg)
Tuesday, October 30, 12:00 p.m.

A revelatory documentary exploring Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s exceptional life and career. Running time 96 minutes. Refreshments provided.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

 

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PowerPoint 2013 Essentials
Thursday, November 1, 10:30 a.m.

Join us for an overview class that covers the essential features to get you off to a great start! With this hands-on class you'll learn how to create a customized presentation, tailored to your unique style. Registration required.

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The Long Journeys Home
Thursday, November 1, 7:00 p.m. 

Adjunct Professor and Emeritus Connecticut State Archaeologist, Dr. Nick Bellantoni whose new book The Long Journeys Home: The Repatriations of Henry ʻŌpūkahaʻia and Albert Afraid of Hawk, will tell the moving stories of two Indigenous men and their repatriations.  Books will be available for purchase and signing after the program.

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Page Turners Book Discussion
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Thursday, November 1, 7:00 p.m.

The discussion will be facilitated by a library staff member and light refreshments will be served. Anyone interested is invited to attend any or all. We hope to see you there!

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Mary Todd Lincoln: Wife and Widow
Monday, November 5, 6:30 p.m.

Historian Sally Mummey will portray Mary Todd Lincoln as she muses on her life from her dreams as a girl to her years as First Lady during the Civil War. Mrs. Lincoln shares stories of President Lincoln and the events of that evening in Ford’s Theatre.  From the opulence of the White House to obscurity, Mrs. Lincoln struggled with affliction and tragedy. Registration required.
Sponsored by Dharma Drum Mountain, Hartford.

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Crafts & Conversation
Tuesday, November 6, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Bring your own craft and join the conversation! Refreshments provided. Registration required
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Tech Troubleshooting with Teens
Thursday, November 8, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Alerting all adults! Stop by with the gadgets that drive you crazy and let our teen techies help you. Topics can include electronic devices, social media, and email. Registration required.

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George G. Hanel Series Presents: A Celebration of Books and Their History
Friday, November, 9, 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

The George G. Hanel Fine Arts Series returns with a presentation on “A Celebration of Books and Their History”. Join artist Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord for a unique and engaging talk about books from around the world, and their history. Learn about some of the amazing work contemporary artists are creating with the book form.  Items from Susan’s collection will also be available to touch and hold.  The program will conclude with a hands-on workshop. Registration required

Franchise on the Rise

A Franchise on the Rise:  The First Twenty Years of the New York Yankees.
Monday, November 12, 6:30 p.m.

Veteran sports writer Dom Amore takes readers back in time to the first 20 years of the New York Yankees existence, from 1903 to 1923. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the program.  Dom Amore was named Connecticut’s Sportswriter of the Year four times.  Registration required.

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Movies & More: Chappaquiddick
Tuesday, November 13, 1:00 p.m.

Depicting Ted Kennedy’s involvement in the fatal 1969 car accident that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne. Starring Jason Clark, Kate Mara, Ed Helms. Running time 106 minutes. Snacks provided. Tickets are available at the Adult Information Desk.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Holiday scams

Forewarned Is Forearmed: Holiday Shopping Scams and Schemes
Wednesday, November 14, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

Deputy Commissioner Karen Perham-Lippman of the CT Department of Consumer Protection will discuss scams and schemes that consumers should be aware of before they begin their holiday shopping. Registration required.

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Tech 4 U 
Thursday, November 15, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. 

Do you need help downloading your eBook or using your new smartphone? Want to set up a Facebook or Twitter account? For help with your specific technology questions, make an appointment for a 45 minute session with a librarian today! Registration required.


Hidden Agendas

Books & Bites: Local Author Spotlight
Thursday, November 15, 6:30 p.m. 

Former Newington Town Manager Frank Connolly will present his recent novel Hidden Agendas: Inside Town Hall. Mr. Connolly will discuss his book, its background and the process of writing and getting published. Join us for this fascinating program. Registration required. Refreshments provided.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Support Our Troops with Art
Saturday, November 17, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Hands Touching Hearts is a global outreach effort developed to create handcrafted medals of appreciation for members of the military. At this program we will decorate a medal ribbon, write a thank-you note, and touch a heart!  Medals are given out at military bases and healthcare facilities. No specialized artistic skills required to participate, just a heartfelt desire to say “thank you” to our active-duty service members. Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

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Crafts & Conversation
Monday, November 19, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Bring your own craft and join the conversation! Refreshments provided. Registration required
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Tech 4 U
Thursday, November 29, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Do you need help downloading your eBook or using your new smartphone? Want to set up a Facebook or Twitter account? For help with your specific technology questions, make an appointment for a 45 minute session with a librarian today! Registration required.

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ReDefined READS: Literary Journals
Saturday, December 1, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

Create a unique gift – a blank journal using old book cover and paper. All materials are provided. Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Crafts & Conversation
Wednesday, December 5, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Bring your own craft and join the conversation!  Refreshments provided. Registration required
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

our souls at night

Brown Bag It with a Book Discussion
Our Souls at Night
by Kent Haruf
Thursday, December 6, 12:00 p.m.

Join us for a discussion of the book Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.  Bring a brown bag lunch.  Beverages and desserts will be provided..
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Page Turners Book Discussion
Annual Planning Meeting
Thursday, December 6, 7:00 p.m.

Join us to pick the titles for 2019.  The meeting will be facilitated by a library staff member and light refreshments will be served. Anyone interested is invited to attend any or all. We hope to see you there!

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Holiday Harvest: Celebrating the Holiday Table
Monday, December 10, 1:00 p.m.

Kim Larkin, licensed chocolatier, will focus on healthful, delicious recipes, cheese boards and easy entertaining ideas.
Sponsored by the Deschler family in honor of their mother, Cecile Deschler.

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Movies & More: Finding Your Feet
Tuesday, December 11, 1:00 p.m.

On the eve of retirement a middle class, judgmental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate. Starring Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie. Running time 114 minutes. Snacks provided. Tickets available at the Adult Information Desk. 
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

holiday Bling

Make Your Own Holiday Bling 
Wednesday, December 12, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Treat yourself or someone special to some holiday bling. Make a bracelet and have some fun designing it for yourself or as a gift during this busy time of year. Registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

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Publisher 2013 Essentials
Thursday, December 13, 10:30 a.m.

Join us for an overview that covers the basics, plus some in-depth features.  With this hands-on class, you’ll learn how to create publications, such as flyers or invitations, for your special event!  Registration required.

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Tech 4 U 
Thursday, December 13, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Do you need help downloading your eBook or using your new smartphone? Want to set up a Facebook or Twitter account? For help with your specific technology questions, make an appointment for a 45 minute session with a librarian today! Registration required.

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Crafts & Conversation
Tuesday, December 18, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Bring your own craft and join the conversation!  Refreshments provided. Registration required
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Tech Troubleshooting with Teens
Thursday, December 20, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Alerting all adults! Stop by with the gadgets that drive you crazy and let our teen techies help you. Topics can include electronic devices, social media, and email. Registration required.

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Wonderful World of Music
Thursday, December 27, 1:30 p.m.

The young and young-at-heart are invited to hear (and sing along with) the Joe Giangrasso Band, re-created from the members of the Sam Pasco Orchestra. They will be performing a medley of rousing holiday songs for us to enjoy.
Sponsored by the Bloomfield Rotary.

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Crafts & Conversation
Thursday, January 3, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 Bring your own craft and join the conversation! Refreshments provided. Registration required
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Tech 4 U
Thursday, January 3, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Do you need help downloading your eBook or using your new smartphone? Want to set up a Facebook or Twitter account? For help with your specific technology questions, make an appointment for a 45 minute session with a librarian today! Registration required.

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Page Turners Book Discussion
Book to be Determined
Thursday, January 7, 7:00 p.m.

Copies are available at the library. The discussion will be facilitated by a library staff member and light refreshments will be served. Anyone interested is invited to attend any or all. We hope to see you there!

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Brown Bag it With a Documentary
Bright Lights
Tuesday, January 8, 12:00 noon.

An intimate portrait of actress Debbie Reynolds and her relationship with her beloved children, Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher. Running time 95 minutes.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Tax Law Changes for 2018
Wednesday, January 9, 6:30 p.m.

Ben Franklin is famously quoted as saying, “Nothing can be said to be certain, except for death and taxes.” Join us with local tax expert Heidi Parchmann MSPA, EA to see what that means in this day and age.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Save It To The Cloud
Thursday, January 10, 10:30 a.m.

Wondering about that invisible cloud above our heads?  Cloud storage is the answer to avoid wasting valuable storage space on your device.  Join us to learn more about the cloud and how to use it. Registration required.

tech troubleshooting with teens

Tech Troubleshooting with Teens
Thursday, January 10, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Alerting all adults! Stop by with the gadgets that drive you crazy and let our teen techies help you. Topics can include electronic devices, social media, and email. Registration required.

Adrift-Movie

Movies & More: Adrift
Tuesday, January 15, 1:00 p.m. 

A true story of survival, as a young couple’s chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. Starring Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin. Running time 99 minutes. Snacks provided. Tickets available at the Adult Information Desk.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Friends Winterfest (Formally Friends Wine and Cheese Social)
Friday, January 18 – (Snow date January 25)
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Must be 21 to attend.

Enjoy an evening of tasty beer, wine, spirits and savory refreshments, plus great entertainment.
2019 marks the tenth anniversary of this event. It will be held from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Place orders for bottles of wine or beer you liked at special prices offered only at the wine tasting event. Orders placed during the event make you eligible for a special prize. After the tasting, participate in the teacup and silent auction and more. Dessert will follow. Bluegrass Music trio will be provided by Audrey Mae.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Brown Bag it With a Documentary
Three Identical Strangers
Tuesday, January 22, 12:00 noon

A true story that explores triplets who were separated at birth, reunited years later as adults and the discovery of why it happened. Running time 96 minutes.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

adult coloring and crafts

Crafts & Conversation
Wednesday, January 23, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Bring your own craft and join the conversation! Refreshments provided. Registration required
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

wake up humans

Wake Up Humans! by Dr. Stephen C. Judson
Wednesday, January 23, 7:00 p.m.

Learn how the body can heal itself via the central nervous system and the importance of the atlas bone, the first cervical vertebra.  Dr. Judson is a chiropractor and upper cervical specialist. Dr. Judson's book, Wake Up Humans, will be available for purchase and signing after the program. Registration required.


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Tech 4 U 
Thursday, January 24, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Do you need help downloading your eBook or using your new smartphone? Want to set up a Facebook or Twitter account? For help with your specific technology questions, make an appointment for a 45 minute session with a librarian today! Registration required. 

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Adult Winter Reading Kickoff & Registration
Ice Cream for Books

Thursday, January 31
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m.– 7:00 p.m.

Drop in between these hours or register online to receive a free gift and a chance to win the kickoff prize giveaway. Refreshments will be provided. Adults will earn a prize ticket for every book they read or listen to, which will be entered into the weekly drawings for special gifts. All tickets collected will be entered into the grand prize drawing to be held on Friday, March 9.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.